Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

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Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, where nobody likes to step outside the boundaries of the comfort zone.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – Design Your Universe (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Design Your Universe - Album CoverWell, is it better than the other records or is it not? After Consign to Oblivion I grew a bit wary of what I was going to find in this Pandora’s box that this band usually delivers. Much to my relief, Epica‘s fourth studio album Design Your Universe is probably one of the better records – previous and past. It kind of sounds like a mix between Delain, Within Temptation and Nightwish fueled by top quality vitamins – they actually quite shamelessly erred on the latter’s territory. But seriously, this is probably one of the most authentic and complex albums this side of The Phantom Agony even if the cheese has grown exponentially in some of the tracks.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – Consign to Oblivion (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Consign to Oblivion - Album CoverBut, where is the metal? This is the question I asked myself since starting with this record. It kind of gets off the ground with some theme seemingly from the Pirates of the Caribbean or something and then – more symphonic orgasms by the dozen. But the metal? The METAL?

‘Tis a most strange production! Or is the 2nd studio album Consign to Oblivion of the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Epica just an example of playing it safe? But as they like to call their style Gothic Metal – well, this is kind of an important question.

The theme is – of course – again of the sophisticated kind.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Phantom Agony - Album CoverAh, I am relieved!! Just listening to ‘Epica‘ and their June 2003 debut concoction ‘The Phantom Agony‘ and I am really taken aback by the quality and depth of this production – what a nice surprise. Especially after just having reviewed their 2014 Little Booklet of Night Horrors ‘The Quantum Enigma‘, which was kind of out of control, a real pity by the way. And I really feared to be presented with something similar. Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions; most of the time too much pretentious bombastic bullshit to keep a straight face with. But this one is really, REALLY good!Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Epica – The Quantum Enigma (2014) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Quantum Enigma - Album CoverOops, gonna make friends again! Or perhaps not with all these august fans and even the Revolver Mag giving The Quantum Enigmavery high notes. Well, I am torn on this one here album and this is indeed what you get from the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Epica, no doubt about it. For sure quite well produced, but – gosh – just a tad too much bombast in it. They have tried to keep the operatic piece quite controlled and that is good, however, they pushed the beauty and the beast button a few times to many – just makes my teeth grind.

Also, the use of the choir and strings are bordering on the insane in certain passages.Got hooked? Raid this some more...